Throw in the towel

No, H is for Home hasn’t actually thrown in the towel – we’re just doing a short blog about the humble but sometimes wonderful, everyday object… the tea towel.

It was the acquisition of this example last week which brought it to mind. This vintage Irish linen tea towel was manufactured by ‘Old Bleach’ in the 1960s.

We already had a very similar one by the same maker – we love the period designs with their stylised birds and foliage.

They’re both in pristine, unused condition – we think we might get them framed.

Tea towels are always popular on the website. We’re always on the lookout for vintage aprons, cloths etc… They’re quite hard to find in excellent condition.

Here are a few favourites that have passed through the shop…

…and no blog post about teatowels would be complete without mentioning Skinny laMinx!

Her designs are fabulous!

Here are the tea towels we have in store at the moment!

  • The Old Bleach was situated in Randalstown in Co Antrim. I bought a boxed set of teatowels last week which were also made there. They had been unopened since the 1950s and I paid a princely £4 for them.

    I grew up listening to stories about the Old Bleach as my mother and some of her sisters worked there in the 1940s and 50s.

  • Here's a link to the pictures

  • amazing teatowels. I love that first one! …and i love my Skinny La Minx tea towels thankyou!!x

  • Absolutely adore your blog – wonderful!

  • Hello. thank you so much for the lovely cups. Everything I get from your store is always in such great condition, its wonderful. But I dont understand, how come you speak Norwegian? Hmmm… have you lived here or something? very curious. I dont think I have realised you have this blog, its lovely, and I will for sure put you on my list and drop by every so often.

    • No, we've never been to Norway, though it's on our list for when we finally realise our Scandinavian tour!
      I don't speak or write a single word of Norwegian – it's all down to the magic of Google Translate ;o)

  • sandra407

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.